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Wounded warrior receives surprise promotion
Air Force Link ^ | Sue Campbell

Posted on 05/07/2009 4:52:29 PM PDT by SandRat

5/7/2009 - LACKLAND AIR FORCE BASE, Texas (AFNS) -- Staff Sgt. Daniel Acosta woke May 7 thinking he was a senior airman. He was surprised to discover that he was promoted to staff sergeant without his knowledge.

Lt. Col. Michael Glass, 59th Medical Support Squadron commander, advised Sergeant Acosta that Lt. Gen. Richard Newton, deputy chief of staff for Manpower and Personnel, approved the promotion with an effective date of Nov. 1, 2008.

"I am really happy and excited about this promotion," said Sergeant Acosta. "It was such a surprise."

Sergeant Acosta, an explosive ordnance technician from Hill Air Force Base, Utah, was injured in December 2005 by an explosion while he was deployed to Iraq. He was transported to Wilford Hall Medical Center where he has been assigned to the 59th Patient Squadron while he received medical treatment and therapy. The explosion resulted in the loss of his left arm.

"Dan has helped us forge a new path for Air Force wounded warriors," said Colonel Glass. "It was not easy for him to suffer the wounds he suffered but he pushed ahead. You can see videos and stories about him on the Air Force Wounded Warrior Web site. We owe him our thanks."

"I have met a lot of great people during my recovery process," said Sergeant Acosta, who is scheduled to retire on May 31.

For more information about Air Force wounded warriors and wounded warrior programs, access

TOPICS: Culture/Society; Foreign Affairs; US: Texas
KEYWORDS: promotion; surprise; warrior; wounded

Lt. Col. Michael Glass presents a certificate of promotion May 7 to Staff Sgt. Daniel Acosta at Wilford Hall Medical Center on Lackland Air Force Base, Texas. Sergeant Acosta, an Air Force wounded warrior, received a surprise promotion to staff sergeant, effective Nov. 1, 2008. Colonel Glass is the 59th Medical Support Squadron commander. (U.S. Air Force photo/Sue Campbell)

1 posted on 05/07/2009 4:52:29 PM PDT by SandRat
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To: SandRat

Sergeant Acosta will retire at the end of the month as an NCO! Big Willie USAF bump!

2 posted on 05/07/2009 5:25:18 PM PDT by higgmeister ( In the Shadow of The Big Chicken!)
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To: higgmeister; Squantos

EOD Ping. Hats off to the EOD troops doing a very dangerous job.

3 posted on 05/07/2009 5:37:03 PM PDT by Conservative Vet
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To: Conservative Vet

This crop of men taking their turn in the barrel are indeed a rare breed due the mere numbers of IED’s and render safe procedures they have been handed every day.

Thanks for the ping !!

Stay safe !

4 posted on 05/07/2009 6:38:25 PM PDT by Squantos (Be polite. Be professional. But have a plan to kill everyone you meet)
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